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Saudi lifts pandemic ban on citizens’ travel to Turkey

5. Saudi Lifts
An aerial view of Istanbul Airport on December 19, 2019. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
RIYADH — Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a ban on citizens traveling to Turkey and three other countries, state media reported, as the kingdom continues to relax COVID-19 prevention measures.اضافة اعلان

The move comes two days before Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is expected to visit Turkey.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Saudi Arabia imposed a rule against all foreign travel, and as of last month 16 countries including Turkey were still off-limits to Saudi citizens.

“A decision has been made to lift the suspension of direct or indirect travel by citizens to Ethiopia, Turkey, Vietnam, and India,” the official Saudi Press Agency quoted an interior ministry official as saying on Monday.

It was made “based on the follow-up to the epidemiological situation of the coronavirus pandemic,” the official said.

Saudi authorities are also easing coronavirus restrictions at home, announcing last week that masks would no longer be required in most enclosed spaces.

The Saudi Crown Prince and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have worked to patch up the bilateral relationship in recent months, publicly embracing during a visit by Erdogan to Saudi Arabia in April.

In May national flag carrier Saudi resumed flights to Turkey, although citizens were still unable to travel there.

Turkey is a favorite holiday destination for many Saudi families.

Prince Mohammed is expected to arrive in Turkey on Wednesday after stops in Egypt and Jordan.

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